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Posts Tagged ‘Christmas gift’

Coloring Daily – It’s A Log

Posted by terrepruitt on February 3, 2021

Seems like many of us are doing new things. I know when we were originally told to stay home last March many people started new things, many of us started “wearing many hats“.  But this new month seems to have us at it again.  I thought I would do a Daily Log check in.  I really am happy being able to color it in daily.  In the original post I had made a key for the colors I would use for a specific thing in January, but then — as you can see — it somewhat ended up being primarily one color.  So I have switched to just using any color when I have gotten my exercise/movement in for the day.

The set of gel pens I received for Christmas has different types (glitters, pastels, metal, etc.) so what I decided to do is use one group for a month . . . at least for February.  I am using the metal set of eight.  We will see how that goes.

I am wondering how the poor paper will look in a few months.  I am trying to be gentle with it, but it is paper after all.

How about you?  Anyone joining me with this color in daily log?

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Helpful Christmas Gift

Posted by terrepruitt on January 4, 2021

As sometimes happens I couldn’t think of anything to post about for hours and now that I thought of something I don’t have time, I need to go cook dinner. It too late to do a nice post with all the great Christmas gifts I received from my hubby, so I am going to do a quick one with one of the items and do another post with some of the others.  I can’t sit here taking a bunch of photos to accompany my post. So you get a quick post with some quick pictures. Gone are the days where my husband and I surprise each other with great gifts. Now-a-days we give each other lists and most of the time it is just little things. You will see when I do another post. You will probably laugh at what was on my list. We are blessed so anything we feel we need we buy it during the year. We are also pretty frugal so we don’t always buy the latest things. If you remember my last phone upgrade was from a 5 to a 10 XS and I hope to keep it just as long! But sometimes we need things to help us with our devices. So this is what I asked for:

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Also, I have been finding that my airpods charge doesn’t seem to last long . . . or more accurately I use them A LOT so they always need to be charged. I often use one and then when it makes the noise indicating it needs charging I put the other one in and then take out the one that needs charging. MOST of the time it changes over seamlessly but not always and sometimes they just die too quickly so I end up using my old airbuds. Well, have you ever forgot about that whole set up (airbuds in your ears plugged into the phone, phone sitting somewhere where you decide not to be) and rip the buds out of your ears, or the cord out of the phone, or the phone off the counter? UGH! I hate when I do that. So with this that does not happen! It is pretty nifty.

For a while I was looking for an armband, but this is much more convenient because it doesn’t have a plastic pocket where the phone goes so none of that to deal with and it is easy to just flip the phone up to see and work on.

Did you get anything useful for Christmas?

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Unique Candle Burning Bright

Posted by terrepruitt on January 4, 2019

I don’t even remember how I found these cool candles, but I bought one for my husband for Christmas and loved them so much I bought more.  This is an insight into the fact that I have not even begun to take down Christmas decorations.  Been sick and using all my energy for work!  This is a glowing Friday Photo.

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How is your New Year going?  How long do you leave your Christmas Decorations up?

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A Pose For A Friday Photo

Posted by terrepruitt on August 18, 2017

Ha! One of my yoga students gave me this for Christmas! Cute, huh? A little frog in the lotus pose. I love it. What about you? I thought it was a good Friday Photo share. What do you think of this green guy?

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A Fresh Scent For A Friday

Posted by terrepruitt on February 24, 2017

Isn’t this cute?  I received this from a friend and Nia student for Christmas last year.  She found the little purses and filled them with lavender.  They are really cool because the top is velcro so the lavender can be replaced when needed.  I just love it so much.  I thought it was so cute I wanted to post it.  The sequins make it sparkly and you know that I love the sparkles!

I am sharing this cuteness as my Friday Photo.  How was your Friday?

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Super Easy And Yummy Chocolate Toffee

Posted by terrepruitt on February 8, 2017

I recently made a “dangerous” snack.  It is actually dangerous as snack, but it really should be considered a treat.  But the reason it is dangerous is because it is so good it kind of leads to overeating.  It is one of those things that is just basically butter, so . . . .well, butter.  I saw the recipe on Facebook, so I bet you have seen it, too.  If you ever thought about making it, but didn’t want to because it was too much trouble, it is not.  It is super easy.  The recipe is from Delish’s Chocolate Toffee.  Super easy, super yummy.  But if it weren’t for the recipe that says to keep cooking it, I probably would have done it wrong.  Check out their recipe and video.  I altered it a bit, of course.

I’ve made three batches.  The first batch was good, but I felt it was missing something.  So for the second batch I added more vanilla and more salt . . . I actually measured and didn’t just use a pinch.  Then the third batch I sprinkled Cayenne pepper on the chocolate chips.  Next time I will sprinkle it on the chocolate.  Sprinkling it on the chocolate chips led to uneven flavoring because then I spread the chips.  The reason I did it that way was because the first two batches the nuts were falling off, so I didn’t want to spend time sprinkling Cayenne.  I wanted to sprinkle the nuts on and get them pressed in a bit before the chocolate set.  But I will have to risk it next time to get a more even heat.  I don’t like heat so I didn’t care for the Cayenne one.  Also, I noticed it just added heat and not really a flavor.

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Chocolate Toffee

1 1/4 cup butter
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Sea salt for garnish

Cover a jelly roll pan with parchment paper.  Have the chocolate chips ready to go.  Make sure your nuts are chopped and ready to go.

In a pan using medium heat, start to melt the butter.  Then add the sugar, vanilla, and salt.  Stir it up mixing it well, then keep stirring it.  Don’t stop.  Just keep stirring.  The mixture should turn from yellow to amber.  It takes about 15 to 20 minutes.  If it is taking longer the heat is not high enough.  (I find myself turning it up and down.  I don’t want to burn it.)  Set the timer so you don’t stop too soon!

The mixture gets thick and bubbly.

Pour the toffee onto the jelly roll pan lined with parchment paper.  Tilt the pan to get it evenly spread over the pan/paper.  Then sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly on top.  When the chips begin to melt spread them out so they form a layer over the toffee.  Sprinkle with the nuts and salt.  Let set until cold.  Then break it up and serve/eat!
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I am going to try a batch with milk chocolate.  I thought that was the issue with the first batch, the chocolate, so I bought milk chocolate.  But once I added the additional salt and vanilla it was great.  But I am still going to try it with milk chocolate.

You’ll see in the pictures, I tried sesame seeds and nigella seeds.  That didn’t do anything for me.

You know I don’t like heat, so help me out here.  My hubby likes heat, what adds a little bit of flavor and heat?

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Yin And Yang In Himalayan Salt

Posted by terrepruitt on January 6, 2017

According to Ancient History Encyclopedia,

“Yin is feminine, black, dark, north, water (transformation), passive, moon (weakness and the goddess Changxi), earth, cold, old, even numbers, valleys, poor, soft, and provides spirit to all things.

Yang is masculine, white, light, south, fire (creativity), active, sun (strength and the god Xihe), heaven, warm, young, odd numbers, mountains, rich, hard, and provides form to all things.”

These are awesome because, well, Yin and Yang AND they are Himalayan Salt Candle Holders.  Sometimes our cats sleep in the shape of the Yin and Yang.  It is a cool gift.  Very thoughtful.  Thank you, Hubby!  Also makes a good 13th Friday Photo, I think.  What do you think?

 

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Clearing The Negative Ions With Salt

Posted by terrepruitt on December 21, 2016

In August I went to the beach when I came back and wrote a post about negative ions and how the beach is one place you can get them.  You can also get them in the mountains, from waterfalls, and even from the shower.  Another place you can get them is a Himalayan Salt Lamp.  I have wanted one for a long time but whenever I have seen them they are really expensive.  Well, lucky me, I got one for Christmas.

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We gather, eat, drink, and exchange gifts.  The point of the gather is NOT the gifts, but we always manage to do pretty good with that.  The point is to visit and be together, but still we have always managed to exchange something.

This year we were able to fit it into our schedules before Christmas.  And a salt lamp was one of the gifts.  My house is full of Christmas decorations so I was going to wait to put the lamp out, but I ended up not waiting.  When I plugged it in and went to turn it on I was so excited to see it has a dimmer switch – super cool.

In order to write this post I did a search about the lamps and I came across an interesting site that has a lot of information.  It gives 10 reasons why you want one (Salt Lamps Cleanse & Deodorize the Air, Reduce Allergy & Asthma Symptoms, Eases Coughing, Increase Energy Levels and more).  It also gives advice on what size you might want for the room you are putting it in.  I think I might need a bigger one to be effective in the room I have it in now.  Or perhaps I can get two for the space.  It says that an average size room (which is what?) would benefit from a 6.9 lb lamp, but a 15 lb lamp would be better for larger areas like a living room.

Our house was designed with a great room so the area is very large plus there are cathedral ceilings.  The 15 lb one would probably work better in the living room.  It could be that two large ones would work best in that space.  It is very large.  I will take my gift one for my office.  Once Christmas is down I will be moving the lamp closer to where we sit and that might help in the mean time.  Until I find one (or two) I want to buy for the space.

My hubby has a tea light holder and I use that every once in a while. I am very excited about the lamp.  I wonder if we will notice a difference?

Do you have any Himalayan salt around?  Lamps?  Candle holders? 

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A Perfect Gift

Posted by terrepruitt on January 10, 2015

You might have read my post Homemade Soapy Goodness back in August. I wrote about this yummy soap that I had been buying for a couple of years.  It was really nice soap.  It had essential oils in it and smell great.  It wasn’t cheap, but I considered it one of the splurges I like to as for as a Christmas gift from my hubby.  Well, this year I was counting on him being able to get it for me for Christmas, but when I went to there was nothing there.   I thought she went out of business since there was no product on her website, her Etsy shop was gone, and the e-mail I sent her was returned to me.  There was no notification of discontinuing business or anything.  I’m always a little disappointed when people don’t leave any “out of business” information or a notice as to what is going on.  I know things happen, but when you have a business, I just expect a little information to be dispensed for customers.  Oh well.  It so happened though, I received soap as a Christmas gift.  I actually received two different soaps.  One I have not yet tried, but it smells really good (you’ll probably read about that in a later post).  The other one I received smelled even better so I jumped on the internet to see if I could buy it on Amazon.  And I can.  And I did and it is awesome.  It is my new soap.  It is Verbena Flower scent.

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Since I couldn’t get soap from my favorite place — I was lucky to get this soap for Christmas.  I purchased addition bars from French Presents through Amazon.com.

I am just noticing that I purchased Verbena Flower and the one I had received is Verbena.  They smell the same, but I guess they are different.  When I was ordering I hadn’t noticed that there was a Verbena, I thought they had just changed the name from Verbena to Verbena Flower, but now I am seeing they are two different things.  Either way, they smell great and I am happy to have been handed a new soap to love.

I’ve spent a good portion of the last few days “undecorating”.  I’ve only been able to spend a few hours each day on it so it seems to be taking a very long time.  My husband and I spent at least four hours today and it is pretty much packed up.  He is helping me do the part I don’t like and that is putting all the boxes back in the big boxes.  It just baffles me how the small ornament boxes can come out of one box, but when I go to put them back in they don’t fit.  I get frustrated so my husband comes to my rescue.  Not all the ornaments have a box so it makes the process a bit annoying.  I need to work on getting things more organized so it is not as frustrating and therefore less stressful upon putting things away.  I am so grateful my husbands help.

I have been wanting to post about my “soap lady” since I went on and on about her.**  And I wanted to share about my new yummy soap, today seems like the perfect time since I am just able to get up to my computer now.

Seems like more people than I am used to are taking their time this year with taking their decorations down.  I have more friends say they are just starting or just getting done.  How is your “undecorating” going?  Are you done?  And just out of curiosity, what is your favorite soap?

**I just check on my “soap lady” and she might be back in business, but I don’t see my regular package that I used buy and I like this other soap I am buying.  Maybe she took the Holidays off.  Perhaps is she is in business at Christmastime I will ask for soap from her for Christmas.

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Two Minutes For Pleasure All Night Long

Posted by terrepruitt on January 30, 2014

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba, PiYo, Gentle YogaSometimes it takes someone giving me something in order for me to see the different ways it can be used.  Have you ever seen those pillows or sacks full of herbs and/or grains and/or seeds?  They are often advertised as a way to ease aches and pains?  Well, I received one for Christmas.  I have been a catalog shopper for as long as I can remember so I have always seen these types of things in the catalogs.  Pictured here is one from Solutions Catalog.  I have always wondered about them, but never really thought I could benefit from one because I don’t usually have aches and pains.  If I do, you know I like to use my Zheng Gu Shui or Trauma, I don’t think of heat.  If I need to ice something I think of ice.  Well, anyway, I received a rice filled slip of material for Christmas.  It was kind of chaotic at the time the gifts were being passed out so I am not sure the giver (my brilliant cousin) even notice I opened it.  It had no instructions or anything.  I figured it was to be used as a heating “pad” or an ice “pack”.  So I looked up what to do with one filled with rice.  I saw a couple of different instructions ranging from heating it for one minute to two.   And why, yes, I did go for the racy title to get you to read this post.  You see, for a few weeks over the Holidays it was really cold in my area so this turned out to be a fought over gift in our house.

While I know that “cold” is relative, it was cold for us, in our area.  My side of the electric blanket stopped working after I washed it.  They always seem to do that.  With the cold temps we had for a few weeks I was unable to get my feet warm . . . in come the rice “bag”.  It was perfect.  I would take it to bed with me and it would last all night long.  Ok, first of all two minutes makes it unbearable to hold, so I can’t actually have it on my feet.  It also heats up the sheets REALLY hot so, I kind of just had it down at the bottom.  Sometimes I would drag it up to my shoulders to warm that spot.  Then I would push it back down to my feet.  In the morning it would not be HOT, but it would still have some residual heat . . . a very small bit.  It is a great substitute — to me — for an electric blanket.

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Our weather has warmed up a bit so it is getting less use, but I still use it.  I have not used it as a cold pack.  My mother who received a couple told me that the giver/maker said that you have to keep them separate.  You shouldn’t heat it then use the same one as an ice “pack”.  Do any of you know if that is the case?  Do you know why?

Anyway . . . yup, I will be making these to give as Christmas gifts this year.  I am putting straps on them though because I really can’t handle it after it has been in the microwave.  I love that I received a gift I love to use, but didn’t even think I would have ever used one!  Now that is a great gift!

So what about you?  Any experience with a herbs/grains/seeds pad/pack?  Do you know if you shouldn’t use the same one as a heating pad and ice pack?  Do you know why?  Have you ever made one yourself?

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